Nikki R Weickum

 Nikki Weickum

Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

  • Thursdays 2:00 - 3:00 or by appointment
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Nikki Weickum is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication. She completed her M.A. in English at North Carolina State University, with a specialization in rhetoric and composition. She joined the university in 2013 to pursue a prestigious INTERSECT Fellowship for interdisciplinary research in technology and society with a team of graduate students and faculty from media studies, art history, art + design, library and information sciences, and communication.

Weickum’s research concerns the intersections of rhetoric, technology, and civic life. Her work examines rhetorical practices of quantification in twentieth century American political culture through phenomena like petitions (both online and offline), marches, and novel forms of activism-by-aggregating that have arisen with the Internet. Her work has been published in the Annals of the International Communication Association, and Rhetoric & Public Affairs. She is currently preparing a manuscript for submission on John Quincy Adams’ opposition to the Congressional “gag” rule on abolitionist petitions.

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric and Public Discourse; Mediated Communication and Technology


  • CMN 340: Visual Politics
  • CMN 111: Oral & Written Communication I
  • CMN 112: Oral & Written Communication II